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Jeremy Enlow captured this red, white, and blue photograph of the Waggoner Ranch in April, 2015. The 26 cowboys who work the Cow Camp division of the ranch eat breakfast around 5 a.m. (in the cook shack before the sale of the ranch. Under the new owners, however, the cook shack is now closed). Once breakfast is over, they head off to work before the sun has risen over the horizon.
The American Legends of the Waggoner Ranch
Cowboys on the historic Waggoner Ranch, which is the largest ranch under one fence in the United States, work hard five and a half days a week. They are strong, quiet men who carry out their work in the same way they have for generations, save for the addition of a few trucks.
“The cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch are living legends, men who embody the attributes of the lean and dusty riders who braved the wild a century ago to make room for a herd. They ride the trails of their forebearers, living a life and practicing skills that have almost disappeared. They ride for the prestigious reversed triple D brand of the largest ranch within one fence in the United States.
It is important to record their lives before they shut the gate behind them the last time. This book is a tribute to those cowboys and a way of life is just a whisper on the wind.” -Jan Batts in Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch
You can learn more about these American legends in Jeremy Enlow’s award-winning book Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch. Limited copies are available, and books ship free in the United States.